A ‘Supernatural’ guide lets us share life on the road with demon hunters

McClatchy NewspapersDecember 22, 2012 

"The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester" by Nicholas Knight.

  • Fiction The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester Nicholas Knight Insight, 192 pages

“Supernatural” started in 2005 as a simple horror television show. It has become a tangled series with angels, demons, witches, vampires and the (human) brothers Dean and Sam Winchester. Their jobs are to hunt that which goes bump, rip and mutilate in the night.

“The Essential Supernatural” is a guide to the series, where normal humans, especially the Winchesters, are prey for the supernatural. While evil would like their opposition destroyed, the Winchesters’ bodies are desired by a pair of archangels, the leaders of the “warriors of God.”

“There are four archangels – Michael, Lucifer, Raphael and Gabriel – and they are God’s most terrifying warriors, able to obliterate a regular angel with a simple snap of their fingers,” says author Nicholas Knight.

Hence, angels have a hard life in “Supernatural.” One fan favorite, Castiel, was introduced in the fourth season but, in the seventh, ended up possessed by Leviathans and drowned in a reservoir. This did not stop him from returning later in the series. Death is seldom permanent in “Supernatural.”

“How many times have the Winchester brothers died God only knows for sure – quite literally,” Knight says. “When Dean and Sam wind up in Heaven after getting murdered by a misguided hunter, resident Heaven expert Ash reveals that the brothers have been there and have had their memories wiped by angels (presumably in order to keep them alive long enough to become Michael’s and Lucifer’s vessels).”

“The Essential Supernatural” lists many who are eaten by demons, come back to life and have to be executed.

Besides explaining the show plot by plot, “The Essential Supernatural” includes photo cards, stickers and behind-the-scenes looks at the weapons and the third main character – Dean Winchester’s beloved Chevy Impala sedan.

It’s the Winchesters’ home away from home when the brothers are on the road killing monsters and other “Supernatural” beings.

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